I love anything that has to do with food. The very first time I can remember cooking was making cookies with my Great-grandma when I was 5 yrs. old. During my childhood every Saturday afternoon, I went over to my Grandma's house to help her make the cake or dessert for Sunday dinner. But the cooking didn't end there - my mom was constantly "experimenting" with recipes, and she often made up her own recipes. Mom always had me make some part of the meal for as long as I can remember, and by the time I was 12 I could easily make the whole meal by myself.
Since I met and married my husband (a Mexican), I've been learning a lot of Mexican recipes; and since we've moved to Canada, I've had the opportunity to learn some Colombian, Guatemalan, and Salvadoranian recipes as well.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts and soups.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cooking. At Christmas we each make our personal specialty and share it at both of my Grandmothers' houses at Christmas time. In southern Alabama it's only dry enough to make popcorn balls in the winter. My favorite family tradition is going over to one of my grandmas houses and making batch after batch of molasses, wintergreen, and cinnamon, popcorn balls.
My cooking triumphs
My husband and I have created the easiest cheesecake recipe ever! Learning to make authentic flour torillas - much easier said than done!
My cooking tragedies
Do we have to go there? Too much grapefruit in the Sopa de Lima. Burning not one but two whole recipes of polvorones (shortbread cookies).